This month we introduce you to Tim Woycik, Director, Safety, Health, & Environment of National Grid USA Service Co. Inc., one of the members who helps make our network so unique.
Why did you join NAEM?
I joined NAEM to make connections with a wider community of EHS professionals; to build up my knowledge of issues impacting the EHS field today and tomorrow and to attend programs sponsored by NAEM in New England as well as the U.S.
What are you currently working on?
Reorganization of the Safety, Health, and Environment group, integrating these separate functions into a more cohesive service provider; incorporating process safety, occupational safety, and environmental issues further up the ‘planning pipeline’; Public Safety – First Responder Emergency Training programs for the communities we serve; EMF analysis and testing; business continuity; risk management; focused Safety programs to reduce OSHA recordable incidents and road traffic collisions.
What do you like about your job?
I like coordinating efforts to improve EHS performance across a wide variety of operations; helping people find benefits in working safely, being well, and protecting the environment; making a difference in the communities we serve.
Has your environmental program received any awards or recognition? If so, what?
Our Environmental Management System is ISO 14001 registered.
National Grid ranked 167 out of 500 worldwide companies in Newsweek’s 2011 Green Rankings Report, and was the top-scoring in the utility sector. Factors considered in the ranking included emissions of greenhouse gases, water use, and solid waste disposal.
For the 12th year in a row, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) have recognized National Grid for its leadership in minimizing the effects of climate change through energy efficiency.
What is your biggest challenge in your current role?
My biggest challenge is finding the right balance between EHS risks and controls that allow the business to achieve its objectives.
What career accomplishment are you most proud of?
I was named a Toxics Use Reduction Champion for my work in training Toxics Use Reduction Planners in the State of Massachusetts. I also worked on an expatriate assignment for 15 months in the UK as Manager of Safety, Health and Environment.
What advice would you have for someone entering the field today?
Always look at the ‘big picture’ - taking a wider perspective allows you to find things you may have overlooked.
What aspect to the natural world/environment impresses you the most? Why?
The beauty and resilience of God’s creation. I have seen ugly remediation projects result in great successes using environmental strategies coupled with the natural recuperative power of the earth.
What do you like to do during your free time?
I like to travel with my family, I read as much as time allows, and I’m an avid sports fan and follow the Boston Red Sox, Green Bay Packers, and Fulham Football Club (English Premier League). I’m also a certified basketball official, and I work games for both boys and girls in Grades 4 through 12 during the winter season.